By Tyler Ebeling.

For #GivingTuesday 2016, the Enoch Pratt Free Library is challenging the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to a football-themed fundraising battle in the 2nd annual #BookBowl!

The two libraries are partnering with their respective cities’ football teams, the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals, and the library that collects the most online donations during the contest will be crowned #BookBowl champions. The competition begins at kick-off of the Ravens-Bengals game on Sunday, November 27 (1:00 PM EST), and will run through the end of #GivingTuesday, November 29. To up the stakes, both library systems have agreed to a set of challenges:

  • If the Pratt Library wins, Kimber L. Fender, Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, will dress up in a Ravens jersey, wear a beehive wig, and sing the classic Baltimore Christmas carol, “Crabs for Christmas”.
  • If Pratt loses, Acting CEO Gordon E. Krabbe will wear a Bengals jersey and dance the Ickey shuffle, while singing "Welcome to the Jungle".


The video will be posted on YouTube for the whole world to see! Last year, the #BookBowl generated nearly $70,000 for the participating libraries, with the Enoch Pratt Free Library defeating the Cleveland Public Library in a down-to-the-wire finish. Expect a close battle both on and off the field again this year, as Baltimore and Cincinnati go head-to-head!